Cream cheese mashed potatoes are the softest, most delicious mashed potatoes ever. If you want a real treat, this is the mashed potatoes recipe you want to make!

Complete the meal with delicious lemon herb butter roast chicken and spicy honey roasted carrots.

Cream cheese mashed potatoes in a white serving bowl with butter and chives.

Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

If you've ever wondered if you can put cream cheese in mashed potatoes, the answer is a loud and clear YES.

Once you try these mashed potatoes you may never make them any other way again. They become extra creamy, extra fluffy, and extra delicious.

How to make this recipe

  • Start by chopping the potatoes into small cubes then boil them until they are soft.
  • Once you drain the water from the pot, immediately add the cream cheese, butter, and whipping cream. The butter and cheese will soften quickly from the heat of the potatoes.
  • Now grab your potato masher and get to work. It should take less than a minute to mash the potatoes until they are light and fluffy.
  • Don't forget the salt! Mashed potatoes need to be salted if you want them to taste truly dreamy.
Cooked potatoes in a pot with cream cheese and a potato masher.

How long does this recipe keep?

Mashed potatoes will keep well for 4 days in your fridge.

Can you freeze mashed potatoes with cream cheese?

Potatoes never freeze well. While you technically can freeze mashed potatoes, their quality will degrade so we don't recommend it.

What is the best way to reheat mashed potatoes?

We like to put them in a pan with a tiny splash of water and reheat them over low heat. They can also be microwaved.

Cream cheese mashed potatoes in a pot with a potato masher.

What to serve with mashed potatoes with cream cheese

These mashed potatoes are so good that you're not going to want to save them for a special meal. Here are a few of our favorite weeknight protein recipes that go amazing with these potatoes:

And a few veggie sides:

To truly celebrate these cream cheese mashed potatoes, serve them with our herb and lemon butter roast chicken. It's delicious!

Cream cheese mashed potatoes in a white serving bowl with a spoon.
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Cream cheese mashed potatoes in a white serving bowl with butter and chives.

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: North American

Description

Cream cheese mashed potatoes are the softest, most delicious mashed potatoes ever. If you want a real treat, this is the mashed potatoes recipe you want to make! 


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Ingredients

  • 3 lb potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (½ a brick)
  • ⅓ cup whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the potatoes to a large pot and cover them with water. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to medium-high and continue to boil for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Drain the water then return the potatoes to the pot. 
  2. Add the cream cheese, whipping cream, and butter and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. (See notes.) Season to taste with salt (we like about 2 teaspoons) and stir the salt through the potatoes. 

Notes

If you mash potatoes too much, they become gluey. Easy does it! For the smoothest mashed potatoes, use a potato ricer then mix the cream cheese, cream, butter, and salt in afterward. 

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